Lower Ganesh Himal Eco Trek offers spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks, unspoiled natural splendor and friendly people. Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed Hindu deity who is respected as the God of good fortune.
Ganesh Himal can be seen clearly from Kathmandu Valley as well and situated in the central –north of the Nepal Himalayas. There are four major peaks in the range namely Ganesh Himal main also Ganesh I or Yangra Peak (7,422 m/ 24,350 ft), Ganesh II (7118 m/ 23,353 ft), Ganesh III (7,043 m/ 23,107 ft), and Ganesh IV or Pabil Peak (7,104 m/ 23.307 ft).
Our Lower Ganesh Himal Eco Trek is ideal to experience the lifestyle in the lower mountain region of Nepal. Mixed with walking in the forest, farm terraces, passing small dotted villages, and cross over rivers/streams and encounter with diverse cultural group of people are some attractions of the trek. It is truly lifetime experience in Nepal.
Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel.
You check-in at your Hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do.
Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing.
Overnight at your hotel.
Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your Hotel. The sightseeing involves tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
After you enjoy delicious breakfast at the Hotel, you drive quite long for the day. It is long yet enjoyable drive in the mountain landscape with beautiful farming terraced field, river bed, brief view of the Himalayan peaks and rural lifestyle. From Trishuli Bazar – a famous trade town in the trade route of India Tibet in ancient period – we cross the Trishiuli river bridge and drive rough road to reach Satdobato, your night stay place. It is well established village with high school, and a health post and people of mixed culture live here. Overnight in the camp.
We serve your breakfast in the morning prepared by our expert crew. Then you start the first walking day with gradual uphill walk. You then walk steep to reach the small village of Kisping where you stop for lunch. This small town has people of mixed culture as well with a Hindu temple across the river, and Buddhist Monastery nearby.
After Lunch, you continue uphill gradually to Bhalche village where we set up camp for your night stay.
Today’s walk is an impressive one through farm terraces, dotted Tamang villages, and beautiful waterfall.
Our campsite is beautiful spot with open and wide ground surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags and village view on the other side. Overnight in Camp.
This is not that long day after breakfast. You first climb down to the small river and start to climb uphill to reach the village named Salme – your second night’s campsite. It is very natural in the mid-hill mountain that you descend to the river and climb again after crossing it, sometime steep and sometime gradual. Salme village is comprised of largely Tamangs – ethnic indigenous living in the circumference of Kathmandu valley – with few houses of Dalit community – a historically marginalized people of so-called lower caste hierarchy of Hindu practice. Overnight in camp.
After breakfast you start steep uphill to the Salme top where you enjoy the lunch here with beautiful view. From here the most impressive view of the mighty Himalayan peaks can be seen. This is probably the hardest day of the whole trek.
After lunch, you still walk a gradual up then a long way down to small stream from where you climb up to Meghang – a small town populated by farmers with a majestic view of the Himalayan peaks. Overnight stay in camp.
A short and gradual climb to the edge opens up with a beautiful view of the Himalayas. You walk down to Chautara village for lunch and a mostly gradual walk to Sally or Katunje village. You walk past various beautiful small villages, terraced farming field, diverse cultural groups, local shopping centers and beautiful landscape overall. Overnight stay in camp.
After breakfast in your camp, start walking down to Simle – place where you enjoy your lunch for today. From Simle after lunch you trek further down to lower Jyamrung. Again the day is impressive with villages, farms, view of river, green hills. Here you can choose to stay overnight either in local lodge/with family or in the tented camp. Overnight in camp.
You explore, experience, and enjoy the family you are living with, and the surrounding village. You can participate in various activities here such as teaching at our school project, helping in health project in the village or similar. Here we show you our community projects such as school, micro-hydropower, eco-friendly toilet, health center etc. You can go for fishing or swimming in the fresh water river as well. And we show you all the social project we have done for the locals. Overnight in the house accommodation.
We cross the river by hanging bridge and take private 4WD jeep to Kathmandu. Half part of the road to Dhading Bensi – district headquarter of previous administrative division which is changed now into municipality – is bumpy and from here it is black topped and comfortable. You join the Kathmnadu –Pokhara highway from Malekhu. Arrive Kathmandu and mingle yourself in the city life again. Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard.
Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”.
After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.
What is Included?
Airport pick up & Droop off with representative.
Nepal’s 3-star level hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
English speaking licensed and experienced Trekking Guide and porter to carry your luggage and other camping equipments/cooking utensils. (If you are in a group with more than 5 trekkers then assistance guide will be provided)
Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs for the tented camping trek.
All Camping Gears (Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
All meals in the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.)
Accommodation in Tented Camps and lodges or Home stay as available/required during the trekking
All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment, land transport etc for trekking staff.
Down jacket, Down Sleeping bag, and Duffel bag.
Sightseeing with guide, transport and entry permits in Kathmandu.
All taxes and Services charge.
What is Excluded?
Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
International air ticket and Visa fee
Travel insurance that must include emergency helicopter evacuation
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.
Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
Fleece liner (you can borrow with us if required).
Walking poles (Walking poles are optional but recommended, and you can borrow with us if required).
Water bottle with purification tablets.
Hand wash liquids.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
Cap and ears covering hat.
Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)
Hand gloves (One light pair and One warmer pair)
T-shirts – few.
Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
Light jacket and vest.
Wind and rain jacket.
Shirts and warm shirts.
Lower Body – Legs
Long and short hiking pants.
Lightweight and warm long underwear.
Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.
Thin and thick socks.
Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Our guide will carry first aid kit bag during the trek. We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).
Headache and fever medicine.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
Blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plants and-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.
Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
Favorite snack foods and energy bars
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.